XML Import & Layout of Content in Adobe InDesign

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We are needing help to import data into Adobe InDesign in order to avoid a huge amount of manual formatting. It appears that Adobe InDesign can import data via XML so am looking for someone very experienced in this type of XML import processing of data into InDesign.

Source Data is currently stored in MySQL or SQL Database.

The data is sacred writings and poetry of Sikh saints and other like minded saints from India. There are two main components of the data. Original Gurmukhi language text (ASCI text displayed with foreign language font) and then second would be English translation. This would be displayed in two columns side by side (see attached sample PDF. Towards the end of the PDF you can see what the unformulated text looks like). The data is stored in MySQL/SQL database line by line for each language version.

One of the major goals is to have the text for each line be directly across. So the original language text line should be lined up with the English translation to the right. Sometimes the translation is longer so adjustments have to be made to tweak spacing/style in order to keep text lined. There are some other basic formatting items that need to be done as well.

There is a lot of data (approx 3,200 pages total. Content will be split into 4-6 book volumes with max of 800 total pages per volume.) So we would like to hire someone who has experience with this to do a proof of concept with a small subset of 10-20 pages of data to see if this method will work.

If you are interested in helping with this project please make sure you note details on any specific work that you have done like this and share how you might implement this. Looking for someone to start asap.

Only bid if you are highly experienced in Adobe InDesign AND XML Import processing.

Task you are bidding on would be to:

- Take MS SQL database and review data format

- Export subset of data for test

- Create XML format fields and export data

- Import into InDesign

- Work with me to make sure main data elements are included formatting elements are met

- Provide proof of concept document to determine if this method is going to work for us or not.

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